Lot 40
  • 40

Thomas Sidney Cooper, R.A.

60,000 - 80,000 GBP
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  • Thomas Sidney Cooper, R.A.
  • April Showers
  • signed and dated l.r.: T Sidney Cooper 1864 
  • oil on canvas
  • 105 by 188cm., 41½ by 74in.


Charles Andrew, of Coughton Court, Warwickshire;
His sale, Christie's, London, 22 April 1899, lot 35 (330gns to Samuel);
Phillips, London, 13 December 1988, lot 63, where bought by the present owner


Royal Academy, 1864, no.472;
Worcester Fine Art Exhibition, 1882, no.309


Kentish Gazette, 29 March 1864;
Thomas Sidney Cooper, My Life, 1891, pp.395;
The Times, 25 April 1899;
K.J. Westwood, Thomas Sidney Cooper, His Life and Work, 2011, Vol.1, p.322, ref: O.1864.2

Catalogue Note

'A tour de force of sheep painting by Cooper at the height of his powers. A large flock of sheep with their lambs, in a meadow beside a river, under a heavy sky. To the left, a farmer on horseback, beside a shepherd with his collie, looks skyward, anticipating rain. A herd of cattle on the opposite bank of the river to the right in a wooded meadow, with a view of a village and church in the distance' (The Times, 25 April 1899).

The ewe in the extreme right foreground is a faithful copy of the pencil sketch 'from nature' signed and dated 1849 (see K.J. Westwood, op. cit., ref D.1849.3).

We are grateful to Kenneth Westwood for his assistance in cataloguing this work.